Farm shoot­ing all for a laugh

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By IRIS RIDDELL

FARM­ING is a se­ri­ous busi­ness but it has its funny side, too. That is what Fed­er­ated Farm­ers is high­light­ing in its first fun­ni­est farm videos competition and the en­tries are rolling in.

One of those en­tries is by for­mer Mata­mata res­i­dent Andrew Wright and his mate Dar­ren El­liott, en­ti­tled Farm Golf.

The two friends made the video on the El­liotts’ Wardville farm in Fe­bru­ary and de­cided to sub­mit it when they saw the competition ad­ver­tised in the Waikato Times.

‘‘Both of us were re­ally into me­dia, we both come from farm­ing back­grounds and played a fair bit of golf, so we thought ‘why don’t we throw our three main in­ter­ests into one?’’’ said Mr El­liott, who is study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Arts, ma­jor­ing in me­dia at Waikato Univer­sity.

Mr Wright, who is a pro­duc­tion en­gi­neer at Me­di­aWorks in In­ver­cargill hav­ing com­pleted a ra­dio course at Win­tec, said they shot the video to make peo­ple laugh.

‘‘One day when Dar­ren’s par­ents were out, we just filmed our­selves play­ing golf around the farm and I slapped all the footage to­gether on my lap­top.’’ Fed­er­ated Farm­ers chief ex­ec­u­tive Conor English said the competition was a chance to show­case farm­ing’s lighter side.

‘‘We fig­ure there are enough peo­ple with funny videos float­ing around on dig­i­tal cam­eras, phones and lap­tops.

‘‘The win­ner will get a brand spank­ing new iPad 2 to play around with and that’s not a prize to be sneezed at.’’

En­tries can be sub­mit­ted through the Fed­er­ated Farm­ers Face­book page, email or post and close on May 31. Visit www.fed­farm.org.nz for more de­tails.

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